Artificial reefs filtering out red tide in Nokomis. A project from one of our partners Capt. Planet

Under the dock at Pelican Alley in Nokomis, artificial reefs are starting to do their job.

Garrett Stuart is a scientist and an educator, and is working to help our waterways. His nickname is Captain Planet. He's working to install artificial mini-reefs across the state.

Installed just days ago, the reefs are already forming. Their job will include filtering red tide out of the water.

"As an algae scientist I’ll tell you Florida doesn't have an algae problem, it has a nutrient pollution problem and yes, Karena brevis, red tide is natural. It’s older than humans but when we humans take a natural plant and add miracle grow to it. It starts to grow unnaturally," added Stuart.

Animals like bivalves, oysters, sea squirts, start to attach to the marine materials. The artificial mini-reefs are proven to last a lifetime  

Through his non-profit Eco Preservation Project, Stuart is able to install the mini reefs throughout the state  

Pelican Alley's owner, Tommy Adorna said ‘yes’ when asked if he'd like to install the mini reefs on his dock.

"Water quality is very important. People don’t want to come down and have dinner if the water is disgusting and the red tide and they’re coughing. I’ll do what I can to help with the environment," said Adorna.

Crabs have already moved in, soon to be followed by fish. The mini-reefs create a home for creatures water relies on.

"We have to start protecting our ecology," added Stuart.

Artificial mini-reefs can be purchased for $300, or donate any amount toward the project at the link below.